Category Archives: cultural differences

Biking around Wagga

As mentioned previously, last week was Bike Week in New South Wales. Every city/country/state/province has something similar…a time when they encourage people to ride their bikes more often but spend more on advertising the event than facilitating it. So there … Continue reading

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Comfort creatures: Herding cats – the homecoming edition, Part 2

We brought the kitties home to the new house that was (almost) ready for them. Couples who are having children often prepare a room for the baby; we kitted out the mostly empty house as best we could for our … Continue reading

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How to cook Australian

Many cultures have a strong connection to cooking with fire. Americans think that what they do – slow roasting on a fire – is real barbecue. Canadians think that quick hot cooking on a grill is barbecue. Argentines cook huge … Continue reading

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Every shop = Op Shop

When we were selling our house in Edmonton, we went through the retail mating ritual of offer -> counter offer -> counter counter offer -> bottom line response -> desperate ‘one more try’ counter offer -> ‘fuck off’ response. We … Continue reading

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Cold, cold, cold

Freezing, it was freezing in that hotel… Well, actually it wasn’t that bad at The Lawson, but bonus points for anyone who gets where the title came from. We’ll figure out what the points can be redeemed for eventually. It … Continue reading

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How to speak Australian, part 2

How you going? The first time we heard that, we stood there with blank looks on our faces. Was the correct answer “Walking” because that was how we were going… But no, the correct answer is “Fine, how you going?” … Continue reading

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Pay as you go

And we’re here!  After about 19 hours in the air, and about 6 more waiting in airports, we arrived in Wagga on the afternoon of July 7 and checked in to The Lawson Motor Inn, where we are staying for … Continue reading

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Oh Canada…

People have said that when they leave a climate that has four distinct seasons (like much of Canada), they miss it. And seldom do you hear of people leaving that type of climate for one that is all snow – … Continue reading

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It’s all relevant

The purpose of this blog is to talk about moving to Australia, not just ramble on about our daily lives.  So if we are going to post about our UK trip, it needs to have some relevance.  This is actually … Continue reading

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What’s in Wagga?

Small towns don’t always have all the amenities of big cities. But then again, not all big cities are created equal either. So while Wagga might not be Edmonton, in terms of what there is to do, Edmonton isn’t Vancouver, … Continue reading

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